Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.
Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences with a grant to Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jill deVilliers, Aquiles Iglesias, and Mary Wilson, Brooks Publishing has brought out our new language screener, developed to find children (ages 3 through 5) with potential language problems. As language is fundamental to children’s success in school and in life, we hope it will be adopted by schools to find children with potential language issues who might linger unnoticed in classrooms. It can be administered on any touchscreen tablet or computer and identifies children for referral. QUILS™ has a monolingual English version and a forthcoming version for children learning both English and Spanish (the QUILS: ES).Learn More >
Breakthroughs and insights now emerge regularly from the learning sciences. Yet they are slow to make their way into schools, family support systems, and the social consciousness. Too often, new findings are either left to wilt in inaccessible academic journals, contorted by splashy headlines, or too complicated to lead to real policy changes. One major contributor to this problem is that journalists, entertainers, policy influencers, and learning scientists have no incentive to take the time to listen to each other, grapple with problems together, and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s mission and work.
This is why the Jacobs Foundation, together with the think tank New America, and the International Congress on Infant Studies (ICIS) created a new fellowship: The Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX). The LSX aims to create a conversation between scientists, journalists, entertainers, and policy makers.
If you are an individual in any of the above areas from the United States or Europe, who is passionate about dissemination and communication of scientific findings to benefit families and schools, please apply to this amazing two-year fellowship!Learn More & Apply >
Just as we have rules for watching media and playing video games, we can have rules for cell phone usage. Discussing these with children and occasionally negotiating too, helps them develop the internal regulation they need for when you are not around.Read full story >
Roberta was invited to speak at the inauguration of the new University of Delaware president, Dennis Assanis, on December 7th, 2016. The academic symposium, titled “Ideas that Dare to Change the World,” featured five speakers who highlighted the diverse and groundbreaking research conducted at the University. Roberta was accompanied by several members of her lab.Read full story >
Early math needs to be promoted in the same way that early language and emergent literacy have been promoted over the past decades. We need to foster the ABCs and the 1, 2, 3s (and higher) […]Read full story >
Access to universal Pre-K, while critical in early childhood education — is not enough to raise floor for every child. With overwhelming public support and political will, it is time to move the needle further 1) by insisting that the programs be of high quality, 2) by demanding that we support families with children from […]Read full story >
Roberta is a contributor at The Huffington Post. She contributes articles to her blog there on a regular basis, so check it out for the latest from the field.